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Buffalo Bills News - September 3, 1999

Marker AFC East: December Figures To Settle New York-Miami Division Race [6:34 PM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: 'The Bills had a good draft. Watch for Peerless Price to settle under some long throws from the revitalized Doug Flutie, and for cornerback Antoine Winfield's big-time hits. They also have a good blend of top youngsters (Moulds, guard Ruben Brown, linebacker Sam Cowart) to go with a strong array of vets. There's no lack of leadership here.'

Marker Great Expectations [7:24 AM]
National Post reports: '"I'm just a lot more relaxed this year," Flutie says. "I have the same intensity and the same attitude about it. I've always that had that drive and desire to be as good as I can be and win and all that. But I'm just so much more comfortable with the whole surroundings, locker room, guys in the locker room, on the field, the offence. It's just a much more relaxed situation for me."'

Marker Hansen Opts For Reliability Over Recognition [6:24 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I play the best I can," said Hansen, beginning his ninth year in Buffalo. "If recognition comes, great. If it doesn't, play harder."'

Marker Smith To Visit Sick Father; Will Miss Bills' Last Preseason Game [6:23 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"My father is a very sick man," Smith said. "His condition is very serious."'

Marker Bills Expecting Breakout Season From Riemersma [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"We knew by mid-season last year he was ready to take the position over and by the end of the year we were probably using him more than Lonnie," said tight ends coach Max Bowman. "By the end of the year there were things we found we could do with him where he was more versatile than Lonnie. There were games where he had more snaps than Lonnie because we were doing things that were more conducive to his ability and not to Lonnie's."'

Marker Smith, Panos Will Miss Pittsburgh Exhibition [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: 'Bruce Smith will miss tomorrow night's home preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers to spend time with his gravely ill father in Virginia...Right guard Joe Panos won't play either. He missed another day of practice yesterday, and coach Wade Phillips said Panos traveled to have his neck examined by a specialist, though Phillips did not specify where Panos went or whom he saw.'

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September 2, 1999

Marker Hansen Plays As Bills' Quiet Leader [3:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Sure I’d like to go to the Pro Bowl,” Hansen admitted. “But I play defensive end on running downs and defensive tackle on passing downs. “I don’t know if that helps me or hurts me. But any good defensive end is judged on his sack numbers, not on his consistency or how he plays the run. To be recognized you need well over 10 sacks.” Of the focus on Smith, he added, “Notoriety brings notoriety. If you look at Bruce Smith you end up looking at all the cogs ... and I’m one of the cogs.”'

Marker The Last Word [7:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Throughout professional sport, teams are built and dismantled with such frequency and speed that players often don't even get to know their teammates. If the Bills are successful this year, it will strike a blow for a concept long since considered an anachronism: Continuity.'

Marker Bills Receiver Loud Waits For Word On Future [6:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The final roster of 53 is announced Sunday. If he hasn't done it already, Loud probably can win a job with a solid performance in the final exhibition game against Pittsburgh on Saturday.'

Marker Bills' Smith Leaves Practice To Be With Ailing Father [6:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The doctors wrote [my father] off about six or seven years ago," Smith said last month. "They said he had six months to live, and my father's still hanging around. He's not in very good shape but he's still passing on knowledge and experiences and wisdom, and that's where I get my will to keep pushing on."'

Marker Hansen's Three Sacks Prove His Knee Is Ready [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: 'Hansen is coming off a knee injury that ended his team-high ironman streak of consecutive starts at 86. It reminded teammates and media yet again just how underrated Hansen is while he plays alongside perennial Pro Bowlers Ted Washington and Bruce Smith, Buffalo's all-time sack leader with 164.'

Marker Spielman Deserves Praise For Decision To Retire [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Hull and Levy think Spielman will make an exceptional coach but that it will take a special person to play for him. "We have a lot of the same qualities," Hull said. "But I'm not sure I could play for him. He comes from a different breed. I will tell you this. If he decides to coach and finds the right players, they'll be winners. He'll take average and make them great."'

Marker Panos Rests Neck Stinger [6:20 AM]
D & C reports: '"He's had some (stingers) so we thought we'd rest him a bit and give him some treatment," Phillips said. "We're on top of it. He's had his MRIs." Phillips said it hasn't been determined if Panos will play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

September 1, 1999

Marker AFC now a great horse race [7:49 PM]
ESPNet reports: Wow! ESPN actually gives the Bills one full sentence! Thank you ESPN. How can we ever show the depth of our gratitude?

Marker Bills' Smith Goes Home To Be With Ill Father [6:18 AM]
D & C reports: 'It's possible Bruce Smith will miss Saturday's final preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Zeigler Braces For Pink Slip [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't know what's going to happen," said Zeigler, the Bills starter at center since Kent Hull retired after the 1996 season. "I'm looking at it like whatever happens happens. If I get cut, hopefully some other team picks me up. Maybe it won't happen right away, it might be in mid-season if somebody gets hurt. You're always an injury away from playing. I can see that happening."'

August 31, 1999

Marker Bills Cut Roster [6:33 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Players cut Monday included quarterback Mike Cawley, ...wide receivers Tony Akins, Todd Floyd and A.C. Tellison; guards Mercedes Hamilton, Corey Hulsey and Andy Meyers; linebackers Craig Guest and Dusty Renfro; running back Kendall Cleveland, safety Raion Hill, tight end Eric Stocz and kicker Jaret Holmes.'

Marker Fire At House Of Buffalo Bills' Player Caused By Child Playing With Lighter [6:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The cause of the fire was determined to be an infant child playing with a butane lighter igniting clothing in the bedroom," East Aurora police said in a news release.'

Marker Bills' Gray Makes A Bid For Berth On Roster [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: 'Gray survived yesterday's first roster cut, and with seven running backs/fullbacks left, seems assured of being one of the five ball carriers the Bills normally keep.'

Marker Free-Agent Linemen Among First To Go [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Based on past numbers kept at each position, the Bills have no cuts to make at quarterback (three) or linebacker (nine). They do need to trim three receivers to get to five, two offensive linemen (nine), one tight end (three), two running backs (five), two defensive linemen (nine), two defensive backs (nine) and one punter (one).'

Marker Who's Starting? Bills' Phillips Playing Games With Media [6:21 AM]
D & C reports: 'I'd feel comfortable with either Flutie or Johnson as starting QB. In my opinion, Flutie would be the more effective of the two coming off the bench.'

Marker AFC East Preview [6:16 AM]
D & C reports: 3. Buffalo Bills 10-6

August 30, 1999

Marker Choice One Joins Roster Of Bills Sponsors [6:34 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The sponsorship agreement adds to the Bills' impressive list of corporate sponsors that includes Pepsi, Wegmans, Xerox, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Anheuser Busch, Molson, Cellular One and McDonalds. The Bills, according to the National Football League, are among the top tier franchises in generating revenue through local and regional corporate deals.'

Marker When Ralph's Gone, Will His Name Live On? [6:30 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Is it possible that Rich/Bills/Ralph Wilson Stadium may one day again have a different name on it? That, it seems, may hinge on what kind of deal the next owner of the Bills strikes..."What the contract says is the Bills have a right to name the stadium," said Michael Hughes, spokesperson for Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, of the new lease agreement signed earlier this year. "The county has the rights to review it if the Bills sell the name of it."'

Marker Bills Ready For Season; Bengals Running Out Of Time [6:22 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Both of their quarterbacks look sharp, the backup receivers are putting on a show and the defense is as stingy as ever. No wonder the Buffalo Bills feel so good about themselves two weeks shy of the season opener.'

August 29, 1999

Marker Rick Gosselin's Pro Football Report: AFC Notes [8:28 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Doug Flutie passed the Buffalo Bills into the playoffs and himself into the Pro Bowl last season. But you wouldn't know it by the treatment he has received from coach Wade Phillips this summer.'

Marker Bengals Fall 30-3 To Bills [7:53 AM]
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Marker Fans Don't Expect Much From Bengals [7:10 AM]
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Marker Bengals Notebook [7:08 AM]
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Marker Smith Makes Pro Debut [7:08 AM]
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